That’s right. As I’m writing this, I am PUPO! Otherwise known as “Pregnant Until Proven Otherwise”. Today we transferred our perfect little embryo and I couldn’t be more in love right now! I’m on absolute cloud 9 and today was perfect.
Before I go into all about our Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET), be sure to check out my other IVF-related posts to get caught up on our journey so far:
- Frozen Embryo Transfer Timeline
- 5 Must-Dos after Embryo Transfer
- 6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting IVF
- How to Boost Your Fertility
The Start of Our Cycle
On May 21, 2019 I went in for our baseline to start our FET. It was a basic appointment that consisted of taking a urine pregnancy test, temperature, and blood pressure. I was then given instructions to start taking Estrace for 10 days and was scheduled for a uterine lining check on May 31, 2019.
For our full protocol, check out Our Frozen Embryo Timeline
Feeling Anxious About Embryo Transfer
We were officially scheduled for our embryo transfer on June 6, 2019. During the first 10 days of our cycle, while taking Estrace, I wasn’t excited about the transfer. I hated that I wasn’t feeling excited or happy about it. I would write to fellow IVF gals and they said my feelings were valid.
I guess I was mainly nervous. It felt like everything we had done up to this point didn’t work so I was expecting this to fall through as well. My heart was protecting me I suppose.
My biggest fear was the embryo not surviving the thawing process. We only have one embryo from our first IVF cycle. It’s precious cargo and the thought of losing it was making my heart ache.
Day of Embryo Transfer
June 6, 2019 finally arrived. My husband had taken the day off from work so he could be there with me. I was so thankful for that.
Our transfer was scheduled for 1:45pm with instructions to arrive at 1:15. The clinic is about an hour away from our house but we were able to enjoy the morning together and reflect on our fertility journey so far. We were so excited that we ended up leaving a lot earlier.
The weather was beautiful. When I originally looked at the forecast it had said “Rain and Thunderstorms”. I’d like to believe that our baby was sending us a sign because the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Bright blue sky with beautiful big white clouds. Not a storm in sight.
We enjoyed the drive. We ended up being at the clinic at 12:30! Thankfully, there was a Starbucks right next door to our clinic so we made a pit-stop. When you do Embryo Transfers, you need to arrive at the clinic with a semi-full bladder. I had already been drinking from my large water bottle, but we decided to get a treat.
Arriving at the Clinic
Starbucks drinks in our bellies, we checked-in at the clinic promptly at 1:00pm. Both of us were wearing our HOPE Infertility shirts and got a lot of compliments. Made me feel nice!
They wanted us to arrive at 1:15 p.m. so the embryologist could meet with us to discuss our embryo before the transfer. About 1:20 p.m. she called us to the back and took us to a room in the consult area. I was beyond nervous because this is what happened the last time for our fresh transfer. However, the words she begin to say were music to my ears:
“Your embryo survived the thaw and is expanding.“
Immediately I felt tears in my eyes. I was so happy! She showed us a picture of our post-thaw embryo (thawed around 11 a.m.) and a picture she just took of the embryo for pre-transfer. The difference was drastic! I never thought I would love a little bundle of cells as much as I do. Knowing that our genetic makeup has met for the first time and is growing is amazing. I can’t stop staring at our embryo picture.
My nurse then came and grabbed us from the consult area and brought us to the transfer room. It’s finally happening!
Preparing for Embryo Transfer
Embryo transfers are done via ultrasound. They want your bladder to be full because a full bladder pushes your uterus to an angle where they can clearly see what’s going on.
My nurse checked me via ultrasound to see if I was ready. Apparently my body was really slow to process all the liquids I was drinking because my bladder looked like the size of a golfball on the monitor (for reference: it should be slightly larger than a softball on the monitor). I had to chug more water and wait another 20 minutes. I got a stomach ache from drinking so much water that fast, let me tell you!
Finally, she was happy with the bladder situation and was able to clearly see my uterus. It was then a matter of waiting for the doctor to proceed.
Our Frozen Embryo Transfer
The same doctor who had performed my egg retrieval greeted us and let us know she would be performing our embryo transfer. This is when I started getting the butterflies in my stomach.
She came into the room with a cart filled with saline solutions and syringes. She explained that she was going to get the catheter in place in my uterus and have the lab on speaker phone in the room. When the catheter is in place and they are ready, they will then tell the lab to come with the embryo.
She placed a speculum, used saline to clean the cervix, and then inserted the catheter to the top of the uterus with guidance from the ultrasound. It was pretty neat to watch it happen on the monitor and my husband was able to film the entire thing!
They called for the lab and the embryologist walked into the room. She asked me to confirm my name and date of birth as shown on the embryo vial. From there, they used the catheter as a guide and inserted the embryo into the uterus. It showed up as a bright white dot on the screen and we were able to get a photo of it!
The embryologist then took the vial back to the lab and I was instructed to remain laying down until the lab confirmed the embryo was transferred. They take the vial back and place it under the microscope to double, triple, quadruple check that the embryo is gone. After given the okay from the lab, that was it! The whole thing lasted less than 5 minutes.
I walked out of the clinic a pregnant woman.
I was instructed to be a “couch potato” for the remainder of the day. We stopped and got the classic McDonald’s french fries for the ride home and stopped at the store to grab pineapple, water, and gatorade.
I’m doing all the IVF traditions for this embaby! Be sure to check out the IVF Superstitions and Traditions I’m doing for our FET.
We got home, celebrated by ordering dinner from my favorite restaurant called Cotton Patch Cafe. I devoured my favorite soup, steak, and shrimp. We both ended up falling asleep on the couch for several hours afterward.
I was then woken up by my alarm. It was time for my PIO shot and Estrace medication.
Today was wonderful, magical, and so full of love. Now it’s onto the two week wait (as I write this, It’s still June 6, 2019). Actually, less than two weeks. We’re actually scheduled for our beta on Father’s Day. INSANE!
Now that the transfer has happened: I’m feeling confident. I have so much love for our little embaby already. I can’t believe we’ve made it this far. I’m starting to picture how I will tell my husband when we get a positive test, and how we will surprise our family, and being able to post the handful of videos I have shot and edited during this cycle!
As of right now, no one knows about our FET. I haven’t been able to keep a secret during our journey for a long time – so I’m surprised I’ve made it this far. It’ll be SO worth it when we give the ultimate news though!
I hope this post has helped someone and shows what to expect during a frozen embryo transfer. I did vlog most of it so be sure to check out my YouTube channel for those videos! Full vlog from our transfer day will be up there!
And little embaby, if you’re hearing/reading this: we love you so much and are ready for you to come home. I hope you are making yourself cozy in there as I write this. We can’t wait to meet you!